This afternoon, June 2 at 1 pm EST, Apple will be in the spotlight for the first time this year for their annual World Wide Developer Conference. With every WWDC we have certain expectations that seem to follow a yearly release pattern, and for those events we expect history to pretty much repeat itself.
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What we expect Apple to announce at WWDC 2014 [UPDATED]

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This afternoon, June 2 at 1 pm EST, Apple will be in the spotlight for the first time this year for their annual World Wide Developer Conference.  With every WWDC we have certain expectations that seem to follow a yearly release pattern, and for those events we expect history to pretty much repeat itself.  However, even though this is a developer conference, we generally expect to seem some sort of hardware refresh/announcement and a “One More Thing” caliber item thrown in for good measure. What do we expect to see this year?

iOS 8

This one is a no-brainer as every year since the conception of iOS we have had yearly refreshes that are announced at WWDC and are typically released to the public the week of the next iPhone announcement–most likely in September.  Even though we expect iOS 8 Beta 1 to be available for developers, and anyone with an paid Apple Developer Account will have access to the beta, it isn’t recommended that anyone, even developers download it on their main device as it will most likely be buggy and unpredictable.

Some rumored changes to iOS 8 include, but are not limited to, iTunes Radio getting it’s own app to help promote the service, introduction of CarPlay, potential Text Edit and Preview apps, and updates to many other core apps including Notification Center, Maps and potential inter-app communication for the first time.

OS X 10.10

OS X 10.10, rumored to be called Yosemite, is also expected to be unveiled at WWDC 2014, with a release date this fall, most likely in October.  Just like Mavericks was last year, we expect OS X 10.10 to be a free upgrade, as Apple continues to encourage their user base to be on the most recent OS.

With OS X 10.10 there hasn’t been as much information leaked as to what changes to expect.  Having said that, we expect to see the continued influence of iOS 7, and now iOS 8, with regard to a flatter design and a simplification of the overall look and feel–expect more white! In addition, we also think there will be a larger role for Siri, as well as a integration with iOS and AirDrop and possibly iBooks as well.

One additional rumor that keep coming up is multitasking on the iPad.  Although this un-announced feature for iOS 8 is said to be delayed, it is a very interesting development non-the-less!

New Hardware

This one is more of a what we want and think we might get as opposed to what we really know.  Even though this is a Developer Conference based on software, there typically tends to be “some” hardware announcements as well each year–with some years having heavy hardware reveals.

This year we think the following items have a higher probability of being introduced/revealed

  • Retina MacBook Air (potentially 12 inch model) unless chip set delays push back any kind of announcement to later this year
  • New Apple TV hardware. The last refresh was in 2012
  • Haswell Mac Mini’s.  The Mac Mini hasn’t been updated in over 1.5 years and is way overdue for an update.
  • 4K thunderbolt display to team up with the powerful ne Mac Pro’s released earlier in the year.

Additional new Apps / Rumored Platforms

The New York Times is reporting this morning that Apple is ready to announce their Health Monitoring efforts along with a home automation initiative

The health app will initially pull data from third-party fitness and health-monitoring hardware, the person said, but it will most likely be able to connect with a smart watch that Apple is widely expected to release this year.

Apple is also expected to make an announcement about its efforts with connecting to so-called smart home devices, or home appliances that can be wirelessly controlled with a smartphone, like light bulbs, thermostats or door locks.

These two rumored big changes coming to iOS will most likely be the main attraction and point of focus for WWDC as Apple continues to lean hard on the success of the iPhone–especially with a rumored larger screen iPhone 6 finally being released later this summer.

Stay tuned for all your WWDC coverage right her on iSource as it breaks and throughout the day.

 

 

 

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